Study raises doubts about targeted risk assessments for chemicals

A review of the first 41 risk assessments completed under the EU's programme to evaluate older "existing" chemicals has thrown up some uncomfortable conclusions for the planned reform of EU chemicals policy.1 A key finding is that chemicals were often found to pose risks which had not been expected when they were prioritised for assessment - suggesting that plans to streamline the process using targeted risk assessments may miss critical effects on humans or the environment.

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